Here is a list of references to quilts and quiltmaking that I have found in fiction and non-quilt book non-fiction as I have read. These are not specifically quilt books or in the quilt fiction genre. I will add references either as quotes when I read the book or as descriptions if I listen to the book. This is not an exhaustive list and I will add to it as I come across references. This list is in alphabetical order by title.
A Different Kind of Normal by Cathy Lamb. Jaden has family quilts hanging on the walls of her house.
A Place at the Table: A Novel by Susan Rebecca White. A Double Wedding Ring quilt is hanging on the wall of Bobby and Alice’s Riverside Drive apartment. Amelia describes the apartment in the last part of the book and mentions the quilt by the name of the pattern.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. Quilts are referenced throughout the book, but they are not the star of the book – just part of the landscape. Claire has a quilt on the wall of one of her rooms.
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelly Estes. Mei Lien and Joseph sleep under a quilt on their bed.
Henry’s Sisters by Cathy Lamb. Isabelle mentions quilters in passing on page 85, “The card playing ladies came in on Tuesday night and the quilters came in on Thursday.”
The Lake House by Kate Morton. Digory Brent, Alice Edervane’s detective, has quiltmaking as his hobby. Also, Ben Monroe has a “patchwork eiderdown” on his bed in the Boat House.
The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister, 2013, “…there was a blue and white quilt hanging on the wall…” right around 3:44:26 (listened to it on audio, so don’t know the page)
River’s Edge by Marie Bostwick, 2006, “One group sat in the corner of the kitchen sewing a beautiful quilt that was stretched tight over a wooden frame. These ladies met together every Thursday morning during the winter to stitch the quilt top together, and now they were hurrying to finish it in time for the drawing that would take place at the harvest supper. The holder of the winning ticket would get to take home the quilt, and the money raised from ticket sales would be sent to missionaries in Darkest Africa. It was simply a breathtaking quilt, all done in shades of blue, red, and green and covered with flowers, birds, vines and hearts that one of the ladies said was Baltimore style. I would have loved for one of the women to show me how to make those tiny stitches for myself, but I didn’t have the courage to ask any more than I had the courage to ask what Baltimore was.” pg.67-68
The Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes, reference to teaching war brides to make patchwork quilts, chapter 2 at about 1:14:50 (listened on audio)
Sisters 1, 2, 3 by Nancy Star references to one of the characters being an art quilter. references are somewhat derogatory. Find the references at approximately 2:20 and 5:43 (listened on audio)
Still Life by Louise Penny, ” …or a quilt being auctioned for the senior’s home.”, chapter 1 at about 5:25 (I listened to it on audio, so don’t know the page)
The Spinster Sisters by Stacey Ballis, 2007, “Aunt Shirley even made each of us a small quilt with scraps from their clothes.” pg.4.
Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards, 2005, part 2 chapter 5 (Overdrive audio his version), Helen is a quiltmaker and this section talks about her projects, including starting new projects before finishing the current project. Sissy, a neighbor, picks flowers that remind her of a quilt she saw on Helen’s porch. Sissy talks about living with her grandmother and how the grandmother never got to teach her to quilt.
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, 2012, The Kowalski family sits on a variety of quilts at the Fourth of July fireworks.